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3 Are Legends & Angger Dimas- Phat Brahms (Coone Remix)
Scottish-born, Canada-based artist Aether today ushered in the New Year with a stunning downtempo-meets-garage single, “Sapphire,” on Monstercat. Following a string of releases inspired by nature and astral elements last year, Aether injects his fascination with gemstones into the new record. The beauty of the sapphire and its illuminating essence drives the track with ethereal beats and textured percussion, putting Aether’s passion for ambient-influenced soundscapes on full display. With a sonic range spanning lofi to contemporary, fans can look forward to more impressive arrangements from Aether later this year on his anticipated debut Monstercat EP.
ALPHA 9 – Ner Horizons
Badflite – Places
After releasing one banger after the other last year, Badflite is ready to release his debut album ‘Places’ in the second week of January. ‘Places’ combines various styles and genres such as electronica, pop, bass, indie and house and perfectly complements the new road Badflite has been taking with his music since last year. The album release comes with 6 brand new tracks that go by the names of ‘Can’t Sleep At Night’, ‘Fuse’, ‘Easy To Love’, ‘Hardest Part’, ‘Hush’ and album single ‘ Do You Ever’.
Bok Nero- King Kong
Bok Nero brings his hypercharged productions to the infectious bass house single “King Kong,” out now on Dim Mak. The ultimate party track, “King Kong” brings colossal and chaotic energy straight to the dance floor.
Beat Awfuls- Ego Death Cult
“Ego Death Kult describes a moment when an oppressive reality becomes so clear that it flashes neon with ridiculousness, like an exit sign. The hypnotic guitar riff forces out an instinctive head-bob, ad infinitum, becoming terminally driving— like a cult imperative. The lyrics play against this hypnosis with almost flippant affirmations like, “let it all out.” While we are busy trying to figure out if this is an entreaty for or against the cult, we get the sense that— hey, either way, I think we’re going to make it out of this thing alive.” -Dave Vicini
Better Strangers- Raincheck
Better Strangers — the Miami-based rock quartet featuring deCasa (Vocals), Joey Rodriguez (Guitars), Yang (Bass) and Nic Collins (Drums) — are excited to present the interactive, 360-degree music video for their new single, “Raincheck.” Shot entirely using a GoPro MAX action camera and its corresponding software, “Raincheck” gives viewers the ability to flip, rotate and experience the clip any way they choose.
Blake Rose – Use Me
Rising Australian artist, Blake Rose returns today with his first musical offering of 2023. On ‘Use Me’, luminous guitars and keys shuffle towards a handclap-fueled chant. The track is the latest to be taken from his forthcoming EP, ‘You’ll Get It When You’re Older’ set for release via AWAL Recordings on February 24.
Blues Lawyer- Nowhere To Go
Oakland band Blues Lawyer joins Dark Entries for their third full-length, All in Good Time, a record of pop-rock songs about living in a world that wants to put your existence on the clock. Today the band shares the puppet-filled video for the new single, “Nowhere To Go.”
Bobby Weir- Ace: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Break Science- Mecha Flora
The duo will release the EP’s first self-titled single, “Mecha Flora,” followed by single no.2, “Live Twice” on January 20th. “Mecha Flora” offers a dreamy amalgam of funk fusion – dancing keys, warping synths and irresistible rhythm prefer the masterclass of sound set to unfold. “Live Twice” invites more upbeat tones and features Brazilian Rapper Niko Is vocalist backed by electro-soul elements such as guitar.
Carl Cox Digital Avatar
Sensorium is pleased to announce that its collaboration with legendary electronic music DJ and artist Carl Cox will be on full display in the December issue of Mixmag, one of the world’s leading electronic music and clubbing publications.
In a first-of-its-kind, Carl Cox will be gracing the digital cover of the famed magazine in the form of his avatar, created by Sensorium for a series of upcoming virtual reality concerts the pioneering artist is slated to perform within Sensorium Galaxy.
Chaney- Out of My Depth
Ella Vos- Mindreader
Acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Ella Vos’ new album, SUPERGLUE, is set for release on March 3; pre-save/pre-order here. The new single, “Mindreader,” produced with Max Hershenow (Carly Rae Jepsen, MS MR) and Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, Noah Cyrus), is out now; listen/share here. The accompanying video is directed by Kate Rentz and was created with an all-women team in the Angeles National Forest,
Fly Anakin- Blicky Bop
Richmond’s Fly Anakin kicks off the new year with the announcement of his Skinemaxxx EP, the first instalment of a two-part project in collaboration with Mutant Academy producer Foisey, out April 5 via Lex Records. Accompanying the announcement, Fly Anakin shares the first EP’s lead single ‘Blicky Bop‘.
Fox Stevenson- Deja Vu
“In the book, Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, Markus Popp (Oval) describes his albums Ovalprocess (2000) and Ovalcommers (2001) as “an alternative rhetoric to the production of electronic music.” Twenty years after Popp described challenging the rhetoric, we think he continues to challenge it today. Hearing someone say they are “setting up an environment” or “working with an environment” for a remix speaks to the generative scope of the process. The result becomes a really interesting, unique remix.
Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner is featured on the original song “Just Smile.” Oval’s remix treats the voice as a color embedded among other timbres, weaving through a fragmented, pulsing, textural landscape. The song is accompanied by a video Directed by Andrew Peterson and Produced by Andrew Peterson and Merchandise’s Carson Cox.” -Gone To Color
Groupthink is starting 2023 strong with his new track “Miss Carolina” featuring L.A. Based singer/songwriter, Carlie Hanson. The new track is blending genres and shaking up the pop sphere by combining garage rock motifs with sweet, sultry R&B structures and melodies. Last month, Groupthink joined his collaborator, Kennyhoopla, on his “Home For The Holidays” tour, a series of 4 intimate Midwest shows between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Between hosting an underground Los Angeles rave with The Hellp, opening for Carlie Hanson, and releasing his last single “Groupie”, Groupthink is the epitome of cool, preparing for an unforgettable 2023.
‘Shakes’ is JONAH’s first single release on STMPD RCRDS and the kick off to a music-filled year for him. While being on track to become a lawyer, he took a leap of faith to pursue a career in music. ‘Shakes’ was born out of frustration of being locked inside his home during the pandemic. The end result is an energetic opposition to being denied the opportunity to party. Stream HERE
Next week the folk, indie, and rock singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze begins his month long Into The Wild tour of North America. Starting in Greely, CO and making stops in music meccas like Philadelphia, New York, and Nashville, the tour boasts Lee DeWyze’s most cherished tracks since his beginnings in 2010.
Tickets are available here, and a list of dates can be found below.
1/19 – Omaha, NE
1/21 – Three Oaks, MI
1/22 – Madison, WI
1/25 & 26 – Arlington Heights, IL
1/27 – Mahomet, IL
1/28 – St. Louis, MO
1/30 – Pittsburgh, PA
1/31 – Philadelphia, PA
2/1 – New York, NY
2/2 – Boston, MA
2/3 – Fairfield, CT
2/4 – Portsmouth, NH
2/7 – Richmond, VA
2/8 – Asheville, NC
2/9 – Nashville, TN
2/11 – Grand Prarie, TX
Following their performance as part of the special — during which they performed their newest single “Applause” and a cover of Beastie Boys’ classic hit “Sabotage” — Liily received praise across social media, with users commenting: “Liily was the best performer outside of Miley last night,” “Liily is the best band I’ve heard live on TV in forever,” and “Liily just crushed it.” Wheatus also chimed in with a tweet of his own. They also received shout-outs from Music City Mayhem, Stereogum (IG post, too), DORK, American Songwriter, LoudWire, and more.
Watch Live Performance Video ft. “Applause” + “Sabotage” (Beastie Boys Cover) via NBC
Magnificence – Rebel Nation
Magnificence is back on STMPD with ‘Rebel Nation’. Premiered by label boss Martin Garrix in his iconic set on top of the Empire State Building, it’s a high energy track that will surely get every party going.
Matt Corby- Reelin’
Matt Corby today announces his new album, Everything’s Fine, for release on March 24 via Island Records Australia, in tandem with his latest prismatic release, ‘Reelin’‘.
Matthew & The Mainstream- Rom Core
Rom Core was recorded over the course of three years, from Spring 2018 to Fall 2021 at Thundershirt Studios, in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA. The album is produced by Thundershirt (Scott Seiver and Tim Young), mastered by John Spiker, engineered and mixed by Scott Seiver. Guitars and bass by Tim Young, drums by Scott Seiver, backing vocals by Seiver, Young, and Lurie. Keys by Matthew Lurie with contributions from Larry Goldings (STYBSG, Temporary Living Situation). String quartet (Baby You’re Too Good To Me) features Tom Lea, Ji Young An, Adrianne Pope, Chris Ahn. Sebastian Steinberg plays upright bass (Brian Dryin’). Isaiah Gage plays cello (Gonna Wait, Brian Dryin’). Horns section (STYBSG, Chorus) features Steve Scalfati. Percussion by Davey Chegwidden.
Ireland’s M(h)aol have announced their debut album Attachment Styles out February 3 via TULLE Collective and Rough Trade Publishing (pre-order here). Today the band is sharing their new single “Therapy,” a light-hearted track that deals with very real subject matter. The song premiered on Apple Music’s The Matt Wilkinson Show and is also streaming at NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Pavement Iceland Debut
Pioneering alternative rock band Pavement, who defined the indie and slacker-rock sound of the 1990s, will make their Iceland debut from Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, July 29, 2023 at Reykjavik’s Eldborg Hall at Harpa.
Pre-sale registration now open at www.pavementiniceland.com
3-day pass pre-sale begins Thursday, January 12 at 12 p.m. EST
3-day passes on sale Wednesday, January 18 at 12 p.m. EST
Single-day tickets on sale Friday, January 20 at 12 p.m. EST
Peel Dream Magazine- Magic is Pocketed
Joe Stevens’ Peel Dream Magazine opens 2023 with Magic Is Pocketed, a collection of four songs recorded during the sessions for the band’s most recent album, Pad. Originally appearing as a bonus 7″ alongside a limited pressing of the LP, this is the first time these songs have been made available digitally.
Rezz x Quackson x Wreckno- Gyrate
HypnoVizion label head Rezz and up-and-coming bass producer Quackson released ‘Gyrate ft. Wreckno’, an explosive, energetic track that inspires fear and pleasure at the same time. Quackson captured Rezz’s attention earlier this year with his demos, laying the groundwork for this massive collaboration. The perfect finishing touch to the track are the spicy vocals lended by the dance music’s fastest rising star, Wreckno.
Richie Hawtin- From Our Minds Tour
Foundational electronic music artist Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman, announces the ‘From Our Minds – To Be Announced 2023’ tour, the next evolutionary step in his lifelong commitment supporting the development of the electronic music scene. On March 10th, this unique eight-date tour will begin in the birthplace of techno, Detroit, and come to a series of North American warehouses. With a mission to develop and increase awareness of the younger generation, the tour showcases a diverse group of North American underground artists moving the ideals of ‘90s techno forward in their own unique ways.
Friday March 10 – Detroit, MI
Barbosa b2b Jay York
Saturday March 11 – Toronto, ON, Canada
Sunday March 12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Barbosa b2b Jay York
Wednesday March 15 – Las Vegas, NV
Thursday March 16 – San Francisco, CA
Frame (Decoder + Declan James)
Friday March 17 – Phoenix, AZ
Saturday March 18 – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday March 19 – San Diego, CA
Barbosa b2b Jay York
Frame (Decoder + Declan James)
Rohaan- Something In The Green
RYL0- Thru My Chest
Los Angeles-based pop singer-songwriter RYL0 is bursting into the new year hot off the heels of a breakthrough 2022.
RYL0 kicks off this new era with new single “Thru My Chest,” a ferocious, biting alt-pop banger reflecting on the pain of a romantic partner’s unthoughtful, brutal honesty. Produced by David Burris (MOTHICA, Rebecca Black) with co-writing from Christina Galligan (aespa, Lexi Jayde), “Thru My Chest” sees RYL0 immersing herself into darker, moodier territories.
Sara Noelle- Slip Away
Sara Noelle’s single “Slip Away” flickers like a candle lit in a darkened room, illuminating walls with ephemeral figures and casting shadows behind them. The song, produced by Dan Duszynski, is the latest track drawn from her forthcoming full-length album.
That record, titled Do I Have to Feel Everything, arrives January 27. Do I Have to Feel Everything, Noelle’s third LP, was produced by Duszynski. The ambient-inspired album offers a kaleidoscopic lens on a shifting mind as the songs wind their way toward a hazy horizon. The album follows her 2020 LP Cover the Blue, which was envisioned as a wandering hike between uncertainty and clarity. Noelle’s 2016 debut album, Morning Moon, fits somewhere between Folk and New Age.
SG Lewis- Fever Dreamer
On the heels of his SOLD OUT North American tour, which included Brooklyn’s iconic Brooklyn Mirage and a landmark show at the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, British singer-songwriter, producer and DJ, SG Lewis, returns today with ‘Fever Dreamer’, a timeless dancefloor anthem featuring singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson and previous collaborator Channel Tres. ‘Fever Dreamer’ is the final track to arrive before the highly anticipated release of his second studio album AudioLust & HigherLove, due Friday, January 27 via Astralwerks.
Slow Fiction- In the distance, where it doesn’t matter.
Brooklyn’s Slow Fiction have gradually gained acclaim and local notoriety after releasing a slew of stellar singles in 2022 (including as double A-side, “The Cut” / “Niagara,” and standalone tracks, “Nameless Harm” and “International Cherry“). In turn, the band has been found on bills all over the city, performing alongside acts such as Sports Team, Girl Skin (with whom they toured last spring), Native Sun, The Wants (mem. Bodega), Thus Love, Dead Tooth, and more, in addition to making an appearance at last year’s New Colossus Festival (view the Paste live session).
Following the recent release of the EP’s first single, “Top 10 Movie Scenes,” today, Slow Fiction share the EP’s next single, “In the distance, where it doesn’t matter.”
Sullivan King- Thrones of Blood
Following a career-defining year, metal guitarist, vocalist, and electronic producer Sullivan King today released the title single from his forthcoming album, ‘Thrones Of Blood.’ Due out March 17th on Monstercat, the potent track gives fans an early taste of what’s to come on the awaited full-length. Rife with Sullivan King’s guttural screams, the menacing guitar shredding is met with soul-piercing bass and head-banging hooks, yielding the perfect blend of his relentless stylings.
Sultan + Shepard- Making Time
Sun Room- Cadillac
Bringing garage rock to the largest stage it has been on since the aughts, Sun Room today releases their single “Cadillac” and announces the upcoming EP Outta Their Minds. Molded by the skate and surf culture of Southern California that they grew up in, “Cadillac” features brash vocal tones, renders listeners unable to hold still with 60s inspired guitars, and absolutely decimates the rule book on how polished indie rock has come to be –
Tearing Up- Moonbeams
Following the release of his debut EP Billy Is Dead (out now via all DSPs) earlier this fall, Tearing Up (the brand new project of musician Graham Caldwell) returns with the announcement of his debut LP, Heavy (out January 27, 2023). Now, Graham shares the record’s newest single, “Moonbeams,” alongside an accompanying lyric video (illustrated by Graham himself and animated by Graham and Lukas Avoledo). The track itself is a practice in celestial, soaring indie-rock, creating a comparison between loss an alien abduction while also referencing the name his father had for his radiation treatments.
Ten City- I Love Me
One thing Chicago house music legends Ten City and UK duo Wh0 have in common is they both care about making timeless and titillating club records. “I Love Me” out now (January 13) on Helix Records by Ten City & Wh0 is a collaboration which has these two artists meeting on common ground.
The Chainsmokers & Cheyenne Giles – Make Me Feel
Adding another exciting chapter to their impressive resume, worldwide acclaimed, Grammy® Award-winning duo The Chainsmokers teams up with fellow US artist Cheyenne Giles for the club-ready single “Make Me Feel.” It’s a fresh dive into contemporary house music, as the guys lay down a sultry groove, rich in percussion and spacious sound effects, reminiscing an old-school ’90s sound with flashy synth stabs and vintage vocal samples. Catch their fresh 2023 mood, as “Make Me Feel” is out now on Musical Freedom.
The Inspector Cluzo- Running A Family Farm Is More Rock Than Playing Rock’n’Roll Music
The Inspector Cluzo are excited to release their third single “Running A Family Farm Is More Rock Than Playing Rock’n’Roll Music”. The track is accompanied by a video, and can be watched here. In addition, the Gascon duo are thrilled to keep their reputation as one the most prolific touring bands in the world announcing a full European and UK tour, including dates as special guests to EELS in March 2023 in UK, Benelux, and Germany.
The Motet- Back Seat
For a little over two decades, The Motet have cultivated a fervent fanbase through immaculate live performances and a seamless blend of funk, jazz, soul, and rock. This unique style and cohesive musical chemistry have led to sold-out shows across the nation – including six headlining slots at Red Rocks and sets at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, Electric Forest, Bumbershoot, Summer Camp, and High Sierra.
Now, the band is revving up towards their 10th studio album, All Day, which will release on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. All Day marks The Motet’s first primarily instrumental project since 2009’s electronica-fueled Dig Deep.
The Motet release “Back Seat,” a groovy, vintage-funk single showcasing the band’s harmonious musical symbiosis.
The New Pornographers- Really, Really Light
Continue as a Guest, the new album from The New Pornographers, is set for release on March 31 via Merge Records—their first for the label. Pre-save/pre-order here. The first single, “Really Really Light,” is out today with an accompanying video directed by Christian Cerezo.
Thomas Wesley- Wasted feat. Kodak Black & Koe Wetzel
Diplo returns as acclaimed country music star Thomas Wesley with a new track, “Wasted,” featuring Kodak Black and Koe Wetzel, and an accompanying video directed by long-time collaborator Austin Peters, who directed the documentary Give Me Future about Major Lazer’s historic 2016 concert that drew 400,000 fans to Havana, Cuba—listen here and watch here. He also confirms a run of Thomas Wesley shows in March including Nashville, Houston and Fort Worth—see full routing below and sign up for pre-sale tickets at diplo.com/tour.
THRASHA – Unbeatable
On January 13, THRASHA released her latest banger, “Unbeatable,” a track about overcoming obstacles and beating the odds. The track serves as a reminder to be your own hero in your own story, and rising to the occasion when it matters the most.
Tomten- Grapefruit Sea
Tomten are a baroque pop quartet based out of Seattle, Washington. Brian Noyes (vocals, keys, guitar) and Lena Simon (bass, vocals) (Kairos Creature Club, formerly of La Luz) met in 2008 and began demoing each other’s songs at Cornish College of The Arts.
Waldo Witt- Tragicomedy
Waldo Witt shares his new single, “Tragicomedy” from the forthcoming LP, Long Daze Dark Nights. Waldo Witt’s Long Daze Dark Nights will be self-released on March 10, 2023.
Whyte Fang- Transport God
Following the successful launch of FMU Records at the tail-end of 2022 with Jon Casey and Dabow’s “I Surrender”, Alison Wonderland shares the sophomore release from the label, “Transport God” from her widely-acclaimed alias Whyte Fang. The single doubles as the 4th offering from her upcoming debut LP, with previous records “Girl,” “333,” and “TIDES,” teasing its highly-anticipated March 2023 release. Alongside the release, FMU Records has confirmed the date and lineup of its official label launch party, which will be taking place in an NYC warehouse (location TBC). Taking place on March 10th, the lineup boasts a rare live set from Whyte Fang herself, as well as performances from a slew of FMU Records-signed artists, including Casey, Dabow, sumthin sumthin, Villa, and Aliiias. Wonderland’s Whyte Fang live performance will precede her recently announced Coachella slot, which will mark the first time she plays as her veneered in a festival setting. “Transport God” is available to stream across all platforms via FMU Records.
Widows Gold- Never Had You At All
Widows Gold shares their new single “Never Had You At All” from their forthcoming debut LP, Love Drops. The band will play a benefit event for the Kulbaba organization in Venice on Feb. 4 which will raise money for children in Ukraine.
Zeds Dead & Jauz- S.O.S.
The Deadbeats duo return with their first release of 2023, “S.O.S.” – a new collaboration with dance icon, Jauz. S.O.S is the third collaboration from Zeds Dead and Jauz — the first featuring Australian singer/songwriter Nicole Millar. A woozy and melancholic vocal hangs over a throwback melodic dubstep instrumental that combines both producers’ distinct flair for soulful bass lines and hummable melodies.